The December 22 story, published in Egypt’s Rose El-Youssef magazine, suggests the six turned the White House “from a position hostile to Islamic groups and organizations in the world to the largest and most important supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The article was translated into English by the Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT). Read an IPT translation here)
While the story is largely unsourced, its publication is considered significant because it raises the issue to Egyptian readers.
The article names Arif Alikhan, assistant secretary of Homeland Security for policy development; Mohammed Elibiary, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council; Rashad Hussain, the U.S. special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference; Salam al-Marayati, co-founder of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, or MPAC); Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA; and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships.
Alikhan is a founder of the World Islamic Organization, which the magazine identifies as a Brotherhood “subsidiary.” It suggests that Alikhan was responsible for the “file of Islamic states” in the White House and that he provides the direct link between the Obama administration and the Arab Spring revolutions of 2011.
Elibiary, who has endorsed the ideas of radical Muslim Brotherhood luminary Sayyid Qutb, may have leaked secret materials contained in Department of Homeland Security databases, according to the magazine. He, however, denies having any connection with the Brotherhood.
Elibiary also played a role in defining the Obama administration’s counterterrorism strategy, and the magazine asserts that Elibiary wrote the speech Obama gave when he told former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave power but offers no source or evidence for the claim.
According to Rose El-Youssef, Rashad Hussain maintained close ties with people and groups that it says comprise the Muslim Brotherhood network in America. This includes his participation in the June 2002 annual conference of the American Muslim Council, formerly headed by convicted terrorist financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.
He also participated in the organizing committee of the Critical Islamic Reflection along with important figures of the American Muslim Brotherhood such as Jamal Barzinji, Hisham al-Talib and Yaqub Mirza.
Regarding al-Marayati, who has been among the most influential Muslim American leaders in recent years, the magazine draws connections between MPAC in the international Muslim Brotherhood infrastructure.
Magid heads ISNA, which was founded by Brotherhood members, was appointed by Obama in 2011 as an adviser to the Department of Homeland Security. The magazine says that has also given speeches and conferences on American Middle East policy at the State Department and offered advice to the FBI.
Rose El-Youssef says Patel maintains a close relationship with Tariq Ramadan, the grandson of Brotherhood founder Hasan al-Banna, and is a member of the Muslim Students Association, which it identifies as “a large Brotherhood organization.”
Meanwhile, outspoken Republican congressman Louie Gohmert has been pressing for an investigation of the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence on the federal government, contending a probe is necessary because of the Obama administration’s “horrendous decisions” in backing the so-called “Arab Spring” revolutions in the Middle East.
The East Texas lawmaker was one of five Republican members of Congress who stirred bipartisan controversy in June by raising concern about Muslim Brotherhood infiltration in the nation’s capital.
The Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood was formed in the 1920s after the demise of the Ottoman Empire with the intent of helping establish Islamic rule worldwide. It’s stated goal for the U.S. is “a kind of grand jihad” aimed at “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within” so that “Allah’s religion is made victorious over all other religions.”
President Obama has quietly been a cheerleader, fundraiser and often instigator of the rebellions that have overthrown governments in several countries, including Libya and Egypt, which have become his two most notorious mistakes.
He involved our military in the effort to overthrow Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhaffi without congressional approval, he gave repeated public support to the overthrow of a longtime U.S.-friendly regime in Egypt, and he is currently providing under-the-table financial and military aid to the “rebels” in Syria, one of the most open of secrets around.
In Libya, Obama’s policies have armed the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoots, leaving the country partially under the control of Islamist gangs that also influence the supposedly secular government.
In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood overran the stirrings of democracy, electing one of their own to the presidency, taking over the military, nullifying the courts and forcing adoption of a constitution that enshrines most of the precepts of Shariah law. Since the Brotherhood came to power in Egypt, Christians and Jews have been slaughtered, and rockets have been launched into Israel.
In Syria, the so-called rebels are controlled by U.S.-armed, al-Qaida-linked Islamist groups that are being used to topple the Assad government, which is allied with Russia and Iran, resulting in a confrontation between the Russians and NATO, which now has troops massed in Turkey to the north and Jordan to the south.
To find a Muslim Brotherhood influence in the Obama administration should not be a surprise.
– His statements in his “A New Beginning” speech, to which he invited the Muslim Brotherhood, clearly castigated the West for promoting its values and not honoring the precepts of Muslims and Islam.
– His invitation of the Muslim Brotherhood was a serious red flag to many countries in the Middle East … especially the now fallen (or shoved out by Obama) Mubarak, who was a pro-American leader that honored Egypt’s agreements with Israel.
– And his silence during true revolutions (Iran’s Green Movement) and his vociferous support of faux uprisings (Arab Spring) have made it unequivocal that this man … although useful to our enemies … knows exactly what he’s doing.